On the 14th of June, 2019, Identilab was engaged to undertake DNA testing for immigration purposes by Mohammad, who lives in Perth, and his parents, who live in Yemen. Mohammad needed this testing done to provide evidence of a biological relationship between him and his parents to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Coordinating a DNA sample collection in a war-torn country is no easy task.
The process of having a DNA test performed at Identilab - from ordering a test to getting your results - involves many steps and depends on multiple factors. A lot of people think that the test happens very quickly, and that they can have their results instantly, probably because they’ve seen it happen like that on TV. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Our standard processing times are 5-10 business days after you have received confirmation that your samples have arrived back in our laboratory for analysis.
The Department of Home Affairs and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal are asking for DNA evidence to prove a biological relationship between two or more people in an increasing number of visa and citizenship applications. DNA testing is a reliable means of providing evidence of a claimed biological relationship when documentation, such as birth certificates, is lacking or incomplete.
Identilab is proud to be the exclusive provider of DNA testing services for Families Through Surrogacy (FTS), an advocacy group bringing together intended parents, surrogates, and experts.
Identilab highly recommends including both parents in any parentage test, but the usual response to this is "I know I'm the mum" or "I know who the mum is". You can still do the test without them, but there are a few reasons why collecting a DNA sample from BOTH mum and dad is always a good idea.
A lot of people are surprised (and often relieved) to discover that we don't routinely use blood samples for our parentage and kinship tests. Instead, we use swabs from inside the mouth that are then transferred to archival paper. Here's why...
For DNA paternity or maternity test results to be admissible for legal purposes, such as for changing a birth certificate, Family Law Court proceedings, visa/citizenship applications or child support claims, the process undertaken needs to comply with the Family Law Regulations 1984 (Cth). This legislation outlines the way in which samples must be collected, packaged and tested.
We sometimes get asked why our tests aren’t $89 like other companies on the internet. These companies are usually located overseas, meaning it can take longer to get your results, it’s hard to talk to someone if you need your results explained to you, and you are not protected by Australian Privacy Laws.